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LA Is Close To The Yellow Tier. Here Are The Changes That Will Go Into Effect

A bartender prepares some drinks at the outdoor seating area of The Abbey Food & Bar on Jan. 29, 2021 in West Hollywood.
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Yesterday, public health officials announced that Los Angeles County has begun to meet the criteria for moving into the yellow tier, the state’s least restrictive tier in its COVID-19 reopening plan.

The yellow tier means that the risk for coronavirus spread is minimal. Counties must have a seven-day average of less than two new cases per 100,000 residents. Also, fewer than 2% of all coronavirus tests must come back positive.

On Monday, L.A. County reported 1.9 new cases per 100,000 residents, and a positivity rate of 0.9%.

If these numbers hold, L.A. County will move into the yellow tier next week. When that happens, here are the changes that will go into effect:

  • Movie theaters, restaurants, fitness centers and places of worship can open indoors at 50% capacity
  • Museums, zoos, aquariums, retail, hair salons, barber shops, playgrounds and malls can open indoors, with modifications
  • Bars, wineries, breweries and distilleries can open indoors at 25% capacity
  • Live performances will be allowed, with restrictions dependent on the size of the venue
  • Offices can resume work indoors, although remote work will be encouraged wherever possible
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L.A. moved from the most restrictive purple tier to the red tier in mid-March and from the red tier to the orange tier at the end of March.

The state will likely stop using the color-coded tier system in mid-June.